Thursday, January 16, 2014
Do you ever wonder what it is about a particular piece of art that moves you? Why some pictures seem to speak directly to your soul? I do, and for all the years I have put into studying imagery I confess that it still seems a mystery to me that the instant I clasp eyes on a particular picture, a scene, a gesture, an object, I am flooded with recognition, with a sense of validation, with joy and often, wonder. The experience seems to be instantaneous, a lightning strike in the middle of something else that rivets me to the spot and commands me to look.
I have difficulty tearing my eyes away and resent interruption of these rare moments of bliss and often, insight. It hurts in a way that is beautiful. It is often what I would characterize as a "spiritual" experience. I feel compelled to respond and occasionally am brought to tears at the sight of that thing before me regardless of what "it" may be.
I suppose that is why I consider myself to be an artist. What good fortune have I!
Heather recently introduced me to a man via Youtube who understands what this is all about. I would like to offer it to you, so go and get yourself a cup of coffee, tea, water and even a cookie if you are so inclined. This runs for about 45 minutes I think, I hope you enjoy Alain de Botton on art as the new religion. (Don't mind the singing as it starts, it put me off a bit I confess…)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I haven't been on the River Trail for a while and I must admit it is one of my favourite walks here on Gabriola. It's quite beautiful and the dogs like it a lot. But today was a surprise. As we were walking we came upon an area where the trees have been decorated with Christmas ornaments! This seems to me to be a pretty clear statement about Gabriola. I love this place!
My thanks to whoever did this, you made my day!